Monday, 17 July 2017

2 Whale Shark Sightings in Maryland: Are These Colossal Fish Dangerous?

By Tia Ghose, Senior Writer | July 12, 2017 06:17am ET

The world's largest fish, a whale shark, recently got up close and personal with fishers in Ocean City, Maryland, nudging their boat for long enough that the crew captured a stunning video.

Steve Moore — who helms the boat, dubbed "The Stalker" — was on an overnight fishing trip in late June when the crew spotted the 30- to 35-foot-long (9 to 11 meters) whale shark, the Delmarva Daily Times reported. A second sighting, on July 4, occurred near the same spot. At that point, fisherman Josh Schleupner jumped into the water to snorkel with the majestic fish, capturing awe-inspiring video in the process, the Delmarva Daily Times reported. [On the Brink: A Gallery of Wild Sharks]

But although the video of a monster fish nudging its snout into a boat or swimming just feet from a human may seem scary, such occurrences are usually not dangerous, nor are they particularly rare, said Alistair Dove, vice president of research and conservation at the Georgia Aquarium.

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